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Steve Wieberg


Steve Wieberg
Steve Wieberg

  • Top college football writer for USA Today and a sportswriter for more than 30 years.
  • One of the "10 Most Powerful People in College Sports" as named by Chronicle of Higher Education (2007).
  • One of the "50 Most Influential People in College Sports" as selected by College Sports magazine (1995, 1996).

Current Occupation:

  • Writer/editor in the public affairs department of the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library.

Career Highlights:

  • Winner of more than two dozen national writing awards: seven from the Football Writers Association (including the 2012 Beat Writer of the Year), nine from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and 10 from the Associated Press Sports Editors (ASPE).
  • A "founder" of USA TODAY, member of its startup staff in 1982. Concentrated on college football and basketball and NCAA issues until departure in 2012. Also covered eight Summer and Winter Olympics and three baseball World Series.
  • Member of the United States Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame (2008).
  • One of the "10 Most Powerful People in College Sports" as named by Chronicle of Higher Education (2007).
  • President, U.S. Basketball Writers Association (1996-1997). As a writer, covered 18 college football championship games and every basketball Final Four from 1983-2012.
  • One of the "50 Most Influential People in College Sports" as selected by College Sports magazine (1995, 1996).
  • Served on the honors courts (selection committee) of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Sports reporter and Sunday sports editor at the Springfield (Missouri) News-Leader (1981-1982).
  • Sports reporter at the Mexico (Missouri) Ledger (1976-1981).

Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, University of Missouri, Columbia (1980).

College Football Playoff Selection Committee Members

Jeff Long (chair)
Barry Alvarez Lt. Gen. Mike Gould Pat Haden Tom Jernstedt
Oliver Luck Archie Manning Tom Osborne Dan Radakovich
Condoleezza Rice Mike Tranghese Steve Wieberg Tyrone Willingham

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